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New coach Ryan looking to take Jets' training camp on the road

NEW YORK -- The New York Jets could be hitting the road this summer for Rex Ryan's first training camp as their head coach.

Despite moving into their $75 million training facility in Florham Park, N.J., less than a year ago, the Jets are scouting other areas -- possibly in upstate New York -- to hold at least part of their training camp.

The new facility doesn't have suitable parking or bleachers for the thousands of fans who normally attend training camp, and it doesn't have dormitories for the players. But that's not why Ryan wants to go elsewhere.

"Coach Ryan is looking to find a more isolated environment for training camp to promote team-building, and we are researching potential locations," Jets spokesman Bruce Speight said in a statement released by the team. "However, any plans will also include community events at our Atlantic Health Jets Training Center and in Long Island prior to the start of the regular season."

According to media reports, Ryan sent members of his staff to scout out locations at Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., and SUNY Cortland in Cortland, N.Y., last week. Both are located about four hours from New York.

The Jets, who trained for the last 40 years at Hofstra University on Long Island before moving to Florham Park after camp last year, wouldn't comment on possible locations.

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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